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The Tunnel [DVD] [2013]
The Tunnel [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Stephen Dillane
Price: £11.99

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 18 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Tunnel [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The acting and scriptwriting seem a little less than convincing, and the close similarities to the Bridge really draw attention to them.


Trilby (Oxford World's Classics)
Trilby (Oxford World's Classics)
by George Du Maurier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars try reading it this way:, 19 May 2013
A trio of British artists in the Paris of thirty years before the narrator tells the story. The narrator seems to share the mindset of the three heroes, rabidly antisemitic, deeply compromised in their views on women, and quite stupid, or with the thinnest of veneers of intelligence. Svengali has real musical insight - which makes them resent and mock him the more - and sees what they fail to: Trilby's natural talent. He releases that talent and she leaves the three (or four) duffers behind. At least two of them have fallen in love with her (although they would have preferred it if she were a boy), but one is rescued by his spiteful mother (she is praised for this by his chief rival) and then goes into a dreadful decline, which is redoubled when he realises that Svengali has married her and that she is a world success ... The narrator constantly indulges in ironic digs, but they seem to lack a moral centre, providing a deeply evasive and puzzling veil between the reader an what is going on.


Body of Proof Season 2 [DVD]
Body of Proof Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dana Delany
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £6.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it, 19 May 2013
This review is from: Body of Proof Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The minor characters are quite amusing and well played, but the stories are flimsy, and the lead performer is embarrassingly wooden in her performance - in addition to which the character she plays is more like a child pretending to be grown up than the professional expert the plot needs her to be.


Waltharius: Lat. /Dt
Waltharius: Lat. /Dt
by Gregor Vogt-Spira
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Germanic heroic lay - in Latin, 23 April 2013
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This review is from: Waltharius: Lat. /Dt (Paperback)
The Waltharius tells the story of Waltharius and Hiltgund and their adventures. Gunthar, Hagen, and Attila the Hun also figure. At the heart ofthe story are two elements, the love and escape of Waltharius and Hitgund, and the conflict of loyalty experienced by Hagen. The poem is a Latin version of a Germanic heroic poem, and its Latin is easily comprehensible to anyone who can read Virgil or Ovid. The book is delightfully produced and fits nicely into a pocket. There is a German translation of the poem.


Nathanael Richards Tragedy of Messallina, the Roman Emperesse (Classic Reprint)
Nathanael Richards Tragedy of Messallina, the Roman Emperesse (Classic Reprint)
by Nathaniel Richards
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars value for money, 26 Jun. 2012
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There are other (and better) editions of Richards' Messallina, but this one contains also Samuel Daniels' Tragedie of Cleopatra (it is not mentioned on the book cover), and this is probably pretty hard to find elsewhere.


The Devil's Charter
The Devil's Charter
by Barnabe Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars warning, 26 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Devil's Charter (Paperback)
the book appears to be an unmodified scan of an old text. Here is a random sample: 'That bring vice into dcteftatioo' which must be 'that bring vice into detestation'. The scanning has failed to recognise the renaissance 'long s' (hence the 'f') and messed up other letters. the book is, to all intents and purposes, unreadable. Her is another sample: 'Hovt goodly thcfc aiigurize faire aufpice? oftruth, Now mountes bright Ath. vnan in his gouldcn afccntion, Direclin oppofuion vvith our hciiiilpher, ...'
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The Ambassador John L. Loeb JR. Danish Art Collection
The Ambassador John L. Loeb JR. Danish Art Collection

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 11 Jun. 2012
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This book provides an extraordinarilly fine overview of Danish art. It has paintings by all the great names, Kobke, Eckersberg, Hammershoi (and the clsoely affiliated artists Ilsted and Holsoe) and so on. It extends from the golden age into the 20th century; it includes both Anchers, and the much under-rated Paul Fischer. The essays are excellent; in particular it is nice to see together the paintings made by Eckersberg and his pupils on the same occasions as each other (Ballin and Schmidt). The book is a catalogue of the American Ambassador (Loeb), and so not all the paintings are the best work of the particular artists, but they are good work, and the collection is choice. I'd like to have seen some Hoppe and Lergaard, but one can't have everything!


Manhunt - The Complete Series [DVD] [1970]
Manhunt - The Complete Series [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Peter Barkworth
Price: £18.09

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent, 7 July 2011
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Twenty six hour long episodes, so you get value for money - apart from that the length gives the drama a cumulative power which is gripping. You see the frictions between the characters develop. To my mind it seemed that the tone got darker and more desperate as the series progressed and the predicament the main characters are in gets more threatening - it has also probably worn them down. There is a subtlety also in the ambiguity of the characterisation: people change, but also it is far from always clear what some of them mean underneath the facades they are forced to assume. The badguys are often equally multifaced. Beneath the story line, you see various triangles working themselves out = Vincent, Jimmy, Nina - Vincent, Lutzig, Gratz - Vincent, Nina, Gratz. One episode very adventurously has no dialogue and pulls it off with immense success. This is probably the most satisfying series I have watched.


A Brief History Of The Wars Of The Roses
A Brief History Of The Wars Of The Roses
by Desmond Seward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.13

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 6 July 2011
A very disappointing read. The focus on 5 figures, none of them the main players and one at least of little significance means that the continuity of events is often obscured. In addition, the author's mannerism of often saying that one or other of them probably, or may have, or perhaps saw another etc becomes irritating: this is especially true of Jane Shore, about whom the author seems frequently to speculate irrelevantly just to keep her in the picture. We end up with a collage of impressions, but not enough sense of the narrative sequence, nor of the underlying motives or interests of the power bases. Read Michael Hicks' "The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485" instead - there are many other books about the Wars of the Roses: look around.
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Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 2 and 3
Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 2 and 3
Price: £14.10

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic, 6 April 2011
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The best Sibelius 3 I've heard so far (haven't yet heard Inkinen's or Segerstam's) - nice to hear an unrushed end of the last movement. I like this much more than Colin Davis's and Paavo Berglund's.


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